Generic Nolvadex (tamoxifen) is a medication that can block the action of the female hormone estrogen, which causes certain types of breast cancer. It is used for breast cancer treatment and prevention.
Also marketed as Apo-Tamox and Tamizam.
Produced by AstraZeneca.
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- How to take
- Side effects
- Drug interactions
- Missed dose
Generic Nolvadex is prescribed to treat the most common (invasive) type of breast cancer after chemical treatment and/or surgery, as well as for prevention of this disease in a high-risk group. It can also be used as a post-surgery or post-chemo treatment for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS or intraductal carcinoma) – a less common type of breast cancer.
Women that have had ductal carcinoma in situ have a higher risk of having the invasive breast cancer, which Tamoxifen is able to prevent in 50% of cases. The medication can also be used to stimulate ovulation.
Generic Nolvadex should be taken strictly as prescribed by the physician, with or without food. Long term use (over 2 years) is recommended.
Common side effects of taking Generic Nolvadex include: hot flashes, abnormal menstrual periods, weight increase and nausea.
Notify your medical specialist of your entire medical history, especially: sight problems, blood diseases, liver or kidney disorders, allergies (especially medical). It is recommended to use proven barrier methods of birth control while taking the medication and at least for two months afterwards.
The use of Tamoxifen is not recommended during pregnancy. It is yet unknown whether the medication can pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before taking Tamoxifen if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or planning pregnancy.
Patients taking Generic Nolvadex must have their blood circulation activity monitored, as it may cause abnormalities during liver and other blood tests. Report all side effects immediately, especially bleeding and yellow-colored skin.
If you have missed your dose of Generic Nolvadex, make sure to take it as soon as possible. However, two doses should never be taken at the same time, so if the time for the next dose has almost come, DO NOT take the dose you have missed.
Generic Nolvadex should be stored at room temperature between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C) away from moisture and light, and out of reach of children and pets. Avoid storing in the bathroom.